Surviving Holiday Eating
Ah…the Holidays! That time of year when I would gain at least five pounds and never lose them. According to a report from The New England Journal of Medicine, neither do most people.
It was a time to splurge! Indulge!
Besides, January 1st was right around the corner with its’ promise of New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions.
I’ve been down that road countless times. Now, I see the Holidays as a time to spend with friends & family. It’s not all about the food! Besides, it’s a holiDAY, not a holiWEEK or holiMONTH.
So, what do I do now? First off, I don’t restrict myself all day to save up calories for my holiday meal. I eat according to my normal eating plan, which for me is eating some protein every three hours and drinking tons of water. That way, when it’s time for my special meal I’m not starving and ready to inhale my plate without barely tasting it.
My major holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. I make a plate of all the things I really want. I don’t waste precious real estate on food I truly don’t love- it’s just not worth it. Then, I sit down with my family and enjoy every single bite guilt-free. When I’m done, that is it. No going back for leftovers. I just move on with my regularly scheduled eating plan. For me, this works. The thought of never again tasting my mother’s homemade lasagna is just too sad of a thought. I know it isn’t realistic for me to think like that, after all it was all-or-nothing thinking that got where I was in the first place!
So, my wish for you, whatever holiday you celebrate, is to enjoy the time you have with your family & friends and to enjoy your food, too.